Old jewellery trends making a come back
History always repeats itself – in all contexts, especially in the fashion scenario.
Arm bracelets or ‘Baju-bandhs’ as they are called are being sported by the chic fashionista everyday, be it at work, at a party, or casually. They are no longer associated with jewellery the over-burdened bride has to wear during the marriage ceremony and neither are they heavy and ornate. Silver arm bracelets or those in wrought metal can be found everywhere – from flea markets to fancy shops.
Not only do they look chic – the silver twirls around your upper arm and encases it in a wonderfully elegant way, but they go with everything. The traditional way to wear them is to accessorise a sari or a ghagra-choli ensemble with it. Nothing screams ethnic more than an elegant ornament adorning your every limb – so why should the upper arms be ignored. Wear two, if you are going to a wedding or you are the bride, and depending on your tastes, opt for thick twirls or thin ones. Some even have bead work and tassles on them to make them look more festive. A “baju=bandh” can have a round ornate base with a lot of kundan work on it, and two slim straps of metal extending from either side to clasp around the arm.
Others, that can be worn with western outfits, tunics and dresses are usually made of plain silver or metal, with intricate designs formed by the loops. You should ideally wear them on one arm. Also, if you don’t want to buy one and you are feeling creative, why not draw one on with henna? Mehendi tattoos are extremely popular and they look great too. Go to a henna artist or buy some henna paste to make it yourself.
Another piece of jewellery that is coming back into fashion is the waist chain or “Kamar-bandh” which is traditionally worn with saris or ghagras, but now is worn with jeans with an equally fashionable effect. Wear a silver or metal chain slung around your hips with a nude or one coloured tank top – make sure the chain sits snugly on your hips and doesn’t hang down. It should sit lower than your belt loops else it will look like a chain belt, instead of a different accessory. Opt for thin chain-linked ones or slightly larger ones for jeans, and if you are going to a wedding and want to jazz up your sari or lehenga, then you can choose a heavier chain in kundan or heavy metal.
Choose a sari that is not too cluttered with embroidery else the delicacy and charm of the waist chain will be lost. For more tips on how to rock this style have a look at the gorgeous Bipasha Basu show off the exquisite diamond studded gold “kamar-bandh” designed by well known jewellery house Ishi’s Jewellery – which adds up to almost 2 crore. Yours doesn’t have to be quite as elaborate or quite as expensive – but you will get an idea of how to flaunt a period piece with élan!